Course Title: Work in the nursing profession

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: NURS5114C

Course Title: Work in the nursing profession

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: Bundoora Campus

Program: C5246 - Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 nursing)

Course Contact: Fiona Edwards

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99257539

Course Contact Email:

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Nominal Hours: 90

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to practise as a nursing professional with clients across the lifespan in a range of health care environments, such as acute care, community care, mental health, aged care, medical / surgical.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTEN401A Work in the nursing profession


1. Apply the principles of primary health care delivery
2. Apply the principle of wellness
3. Work in the context of professional nursing practice
4. Handle issues arising in health care
5. Contribute to professional work team
6. Participate in professional skills development
7.Apply the Scope of Nursing Practice Decision Making Framework

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Work with an understanding of the historical development of health care
1.2 Work with an understanding of the levels of health care provided in the Australian health care system 1.3 Apply the principles of primary health care and the philosophical framework supporting primary health care system
1.4 Identify the potential risks for the implementation of primary health care
1.5 Work with an understanding of the role of the enroled nurse and the collaborative role of other helathcare professionals in the delivery of primary health care
1.6 Establish appropriate relationships with other members of the health care team within each healthcare environment
1.7 Interact effectively with allied health team members
2.1 Reflect in own work practice appropriate application of wellness and illness models of care within the Australian health care system
2.2 Apply the wellness model of care appropriately in relation to people with disabilities.
2.3 Identify health care issues that may require nursing care
3.1 Work with an understanding of the historical and current perspectives of the nursing profession and nurse education
3.2 Work with an awareness of the critical aspects and historical development of each nursing environment
3.3 Incorporate theoretical concepts and information related to nursing into nursing practice
3.4 Work with an understanding of the role of relevant professional nursing bodies
3.5 work within the principles and parameters of nursing practice
3.6 Assist in organisation's audit and accreditation processes
4.1 Respond to death as an aspect of the life span
4.2 Support clients, their family and carers through the grief and bereavement process as appropriate
4.3 Identify resources to assist client, family and carers in relation to grief
4.4 Work with an awareness of a range of classifications of disbility and their major causes
4.5 Implement nursing care for clients with disabilities
4.6 Design a learning program for an individual with a disability
5.1 Contribute effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team implementing care plans in each health care area
5.2 Use a journal or similar tool to examine and document reflective nursing practice
5.3 Contribute to achieving effective team work and supportive group dynamics when working
6.1 Identify, access and undertake available options for professional skill development
6.2 Participate in and respond appropriately to performance review processes
6.3 Reflect on own nursing practice to identify areas for skill development to enhance performance
6.4 Identify and participate in professional organisations
6.5 identify sources of employment opportunities
6.6 outline the interview process and materials
7.1 Apply jurisdictional requirements relating to Scope of practice Framework
7.2 Reflect Scope of practice within the enrolled nurse role
7.3 Adapt to different requirements of the role of the enrolled nurse within each health care environment

Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the nursing profession and the development of the delivery of health care by nurses as health professionals

Details of Learning Activities

Participation in formal lectures
Perform elements of competence as designated for this learning segment to the required standard during clinical placement
Online work

Teaching Schedule

semester 1

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Brown, D., Edwards, H. (eds) 2008, 2nd ed., Lewis’s medical surgical nursing; assessment and management of clinical problems, Marrickville, N.S.W. : Elsevier Australia.
Crisp, J and Taylor, C. 2009. Potter & Perry’s Fundamentals of Nursing. 3rd Ed Elsevier
Funnell, R., Koutoukidis, G., Lawrence, K. 2009, Tabner’s Nursing Care: Theory and Practice, 5th Ed., Australia : Churchill Livingstone: Elsevier
Hutton, A. R. (2006) Introduction to Medical Terminology for Health Care (4th Ed.) Chruchill Livingstone Elsevier
Webster, M. (2005) Merriam-Webster’s Medical Desk Dictionary. Revised Edn. New York: Thompson-Delamar


Other Resources

Ed. Grbich C. 2004. Health in Australia, Sociological concepts and issues. Pearson Longman
Stauntan P, Chiarella, M.2003. Nursing & the Law 5th Edition Elsevier Churchill Livingstone
Upper Saddle River, NJ. 2006. Professional nursing practice: concepts and perspectives. 5th Edition. Pearson/Prentice Hall.

Overview of Assessment

Presentation, Written assignment, clinical placement skills assessment

Assessment Tasks

Group presentation 50 % assignment 50 %, Clinical  placement skills assessment

Assessment Matrix

Presentation, Assignment, Clinical placement skills assessment

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